Student Historian

Amy Marie Scott-Zerr is an English and History major at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She studies Afro-American, African, Caribbean and Black British histories and literatures, including music and film.  She researches Marxism, Pan-Africanism, nationalist revolutions, gospel music, blues music, rhythm and blues music, feminism, LGBT studies, and prison abolitionism.  Born and raised in Seattle, as well as Aberdeen, Washington and Hurricane, Utah, she enjoys the great outdoors.  She is a graduate of Rainier Beach High School and has also attended Seattle Central Community College before coming to UW-Seattle.  She gave a presentation on President Sékou Touré’s feminist poetry at the African Literature Association Conference held at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio on April 13-17, 2011. She was also an observer at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-21, 2010 in San Francisco.  Most recently she has been researching the life and work of Willie Mae Thornton.

William Tecumseh Vernon (1871-1944)

Image Ownership: Public Domain William Tecumseh Vernon was an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, educator, and university administrator who was born in Lebanon, Missouri on July 11, 1871.  His parents were Rev. Adam Vernon, a former slave, and Margaret (née Hooker) Vernon.  He attended Lincoln University … Read MoreWilliam Tecumseh Vernon (1871-1944)